Responsibility in Technological Innovation through Design: A Participative, Reflective, and Systemic Approach


Today’s world shows that technological progress has taken humanity to incredible places. We can measure, learn, and build on certainty, which was not easy for our ancestors. Though, the technological progress has been responsible for many global challenges. We can name several reasons that led us to this, many well recognised and others still topic sensitive. Our world is pluriverse (Escobar 2018), we are rich in cultures and structured beliefs (Gray 2016). Human intent, ignorance, and lack of attention towards the impact of solutions can cause harm to the environment and people. Being reactive to the harms of innovation has proven to be unsustainable (Fochler at all 2016). A shift to intentionally prevent harmful events is necessary to achieve sustainable goals and nourish more fair and resilient societies. Understanding and identifying our biases and acknowledging support for the unknown (Costanza-Chock, 2020) is necessary to achieve a more holistic view and enable more systemic strategies. This study reviews designerly strategy models, methods, and frameworks that drive thinking and practice towards responsible and sustainable outcomes. Our aim is to discover the current state of art and development needs to define principles for successfully shifting work culture to take responsibility for their solutions and operations.


Jane Vita
Design Lead, Design, VTT, Etelä-Suomen lääni, Finland


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Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


Design Management and Professional Practice


Responsible innovation Co-creation Innovation Design Sustainability Design Participatory Design

Digital Media

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